Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

August 28, 2014

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A hearty and comforting creamy chicken noodle soup that’ll keep you cozy all night long. This soup is so easy to put together and is always a big hit with the family. Easy comfort food for any day of the week!

A close up of a ladel of Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup in a pot

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Believe it or not this is the first time I’ve ever made creamy chicken noodle soup (because I’ve always just loved the original version too much), but now I’m totally converted!

Why have it plain when you could have it creamy? Who knows why I haven’t made it this way before. I’m so glad that changed!

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup in a red pot with a ladle

You wouldn’t believe how delicious this soup is! It is so hearty and comforting, and it will warm those cold days in no time. It’s so good you might even want to make it once a week this Fall.

How To Make This Soup Creamy And Delicious!

I created this soup to not be too much of a splurge, adding 1/4 cup butter and 1/3 cup cream (divide that out among 5 servings) yet you still it’s incredibly creamy and not overly rich.

It kind of makes the traditional chicken noodle seem boring. Yes, the traditional chicken noodle soup will still have it’s place, but the majority of the time this is the one I’m going to want to make. My family loved it, kids included! Success :).

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup in a bowl with a spoon

Making This Soup In Advance?

This soup won’t freeze well because it contains dairy which tends to split and curdle when frozen but you can prepare this in advance and store it in the fridge.

Important tips to remember when making this soup in advance are to not add the noodles until you are serving it. If you add them to the soup prior to serving the noodles will swell up and become mushy.

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Creamy chicken noodle soup in a ladle
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Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

A hearty and comforting creamy chicken noodle soup that'll keep you cozy all night long. This soup is so easy to put together and is always a big hit with the family. Easy comfort food for any day of the week!
Servings: 5
Prep20 minutes
Cook25 minutes
Ready in: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry medium egg noodles
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts*
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion (1 medium)
  • 1 1/3 cups chopped carrots (3 carrots)
  • 1 1/3 cups chopped celery (3 stalks)
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk (I used 1%)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  • Prepare noodles according to directions listed on package (note that you want the noodles to finish about the same time the soup is nearly finished cooking) and drain.
  • In a large pot, heat 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, carrot and celery and saute until tender, about 3 - 4 minutes, then add garlic and saute 1 minute longer.
  • Add chicken broth, parsley, bay leaves and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add chicken breasts and bring soup to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce heat to medium, cover with lid and allow soup to cook until chicken has cooked through, about 10 - 15 minutes longer (cook time will vary depending on thickness of chicken breasts). Remove chicken and allow to rest for 5 minutes, then shred into small bite size pieces.
  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, add flour and cook, stirring constantly, 1 1/2 minutes. While whisking slowly add in milk and whisk vigorously to smooth lumps (it will take a lot of whisking to smooth since this is a lighter roux - lesser ratio of butter to flour).
  • Whisk in cream and bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour milk mixture into soup mixture and return chicken to soup along with cooked noodles and stir. Serve warm with fresh bread or crackers if desired.
  • *If using thicker breasts, slice in half through thickness of breasts so they cook faster and more evenly.
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

Notes

Making This Soup In Advance?

  • This soup won't freeze well because it contains dairy which tends to split and curdle when frozen but you can prepare this in advance and store it in the fridge.
  • Important tips to remember when making this soup in advance are to not add the noodles until you are serving it. If you add them to the soup prior to serving the noodles will swell up and become mushy.
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 484 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 126mg42%
Sodium 349mg15%
Potassium 960mg27%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 6680IU134%
Vitamin C 11.3mg14%
Calcium 211mg21%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

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308 Comments

  • Hannah

    This is the best soup I’ve ever had!! To everyone saying it’s bland, please understand that you’re seasoning the vegetables, noodles, milk, and chicken, so you will need to use quite a bit more salt and pepper than you think. You will probably end up adding at least 2 tablespoons of salt altogether, depending on how salty you like it. I usually add a little to the vegetables as they cook, then a bit more as the chicken cooks in the broth, and still more after adding the roux and noodles in at the end.

    And for everyone asking about serving size, I did the math, and it’s about 2.5-3 cups.

    What I love most about this recipe is that it’s simple and easy to swap out or add other ingredients depending on what you’re in the mood for. I love to add peas! I also love to make my own chicken stock with thighs and feet and shred the meat.

  • Jeannine

    What is the serving size? Serves 5 doesn’t say much. Thank you.

  • Samantha taylor

    Making it now currently! And honestly super easy to follow and love the taste I made the noodle when soup was done because was not ready to eat for another hour or so. Easy and good!:) love it

    • Casey

      This is the only chicken noodle soup I ever make anymore and everybody loves it 😋

  • Paula

    This creamy soup is amazing. I boiled the chicken separately and then added to soup; which made it easier for me.

  • Kate

    A huge hit!!! I have made this soup many times and my family loves it! I follow the recipe but add herbs de Provence for a little extra flavor.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Yes just keep in mind it will have a slightly different flavor and richness.

  • Patsy A Permenter

    This soup is going to be one of my new go-to-soups! We all loved it. I have been searching for a new way to make chicken soup, besides dumplings and regular chicken noodle. Thank you for posting!